Meet a Member featuring Whitney Dittman

Title: Public Relations Specialist

Company: Cherokee Nation Businesses

Why do you love your job? My job allows me to serve my tribe while working in an industry I love. I am beyond blessed to collaborate with some of the most amazingly talented individuals, and together we share the history, culture and art of the Cherokee people. There is nothing more rewarding!

How long have you been a member of IABC? This is my first year as an IABC member, but I have attended and enjoyed events when possible throughout the past few years.

Have you ever served on an IABC Board? Not yet!

What is the best IABC meeting/conference you have attended? Why? I enjoyed the May 2017 lunch with Lance Latham. He spoke openly and honestly about past experiences and gave great insight to the impact having a seat at the table can make. It was a great reminder of why it is important to have public relations and communications built into the leadership team.

How has IABC played a part in your professional development? I am still new to the organization but have greatly enjoyed the events so far. The professional development opportunities are always spot on and leave time to network with peers.

What is your favorite thing to do outside of work? Family is everything to me, so if I am not at work I am likely spending time with my “people.” I have an amazing husband and a 10-month-old daughter, Aubree Jean, who typically runs the show. I also enjoy baking, photography and cheering on my OSU Cowboys!

What’s your favorite vacation spot? I am happy anywhere there is sunshine and love being on or near the water.

Who is your favorite musical artist? Garth Brooks. Hands down. Seeing him live at the BOK Center in 2015 was a DREAM!

Which website do you visit daily? Facebook, CNN

What is your favorite restaurant? Such a tough call. Either Mary’s Trattoria or anywhere with good queso. I just can’t say no.

How will we recognize you at the next IABC function? I’m a very proud OSU alum and am almost always wearing America’s Brightest Orange!

Complete the following: The future of the field of communications is…always changing!

What advice would you give to new communications professionals? Don’t wait for someone to give you permission to be awesome.

Letter from the President – November 2017

by Hayley Westwood, IABC/Tulsa President

Is it just me, or does the gap between Halloween and Christmas seem to be getting shorter and shorter each year? This year, I’m pretty sure I even saw Christmas trees on the same aisle as the Halloween candy.

I love the holidays as much as the next person, but no matter how much I prepare, they always seem to sneak up on me.

You might feel like this about work sometimes, too. Deadlines and projects always sneaking up and time slipping away. Imagine if you’re a non-profit with very little, or even no, communication support.

So many valuable non-profit organizations in our community struggle with this lack of support, which is why IABC/Tulsa hosts our annual Gift of Communication. This event provides a chance for local non-profits to spend time with professional communicators in the Tulsa area coming up with ideas, working on deliverables and developing a game plan to communicate their value and initiatives for the year ahead.

If you’d like to give back this holiday season, I invite you to consider participating in this year’s event! Read more below to learn how to get involved. Let’s work together to make our community better for everyone in the coming year.

-Hayley